Item 7.2 - Attachment 1
Previous Council Report
ITEM NUMBER 8.1
SUBJECT Section 94A,
Development Contribution - 40 Alice Street, Harris Park
REFERENCE DA/884/2008/C - D01703747
To seek Councils policy direction in relation to possible reduction in Section 94A contribution.
That the Council consider the request from the Maronite Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Lebanon, Harris Park seeking a reduction or waiver of their Section 94A contribution.
1. Development Consent was issued by Council for the construction of a community facility. A condition of consent requires for payment of Section 94A developer contribution of $47,000.00.
2. A request has now been received from the Church requesting that this fee be waived on the basis that the access to the facilities would be available to wider community groups and therefore relieve Council of some pressure to provide similar facilities.
3. The letter of request is attached for Councillors consideration.
4. The request has been referred to Councils Community Capacity Building Team and they advise:
The arrangement being proposed by the applicant does
not address the existing community need for access to community facilities in
the Harris Park area. As discussed with
the applicant at a meeting with Rev Monsignor Shora Maree on 28 April 2010,
community organisations requiring access to community facilities in Harris Park
area need regular, consistent, on-going access to community facilities at a
range of times, particularly after hours, on week ends and during school
holidays when community activities are usually run. Local community organisations need access to
permanent bookings in facilities to enable them to plan their activities over
time. This process needs to be
formalised to ensure community facilities are accessible for people from all
backgrounds and philosophies.
The applicant would be better able to meet the
existing community needs for access for community facilities in Harris Park
area by proposing that the Council manages access to and booking of the large
multi-purpose room and small multi-purpose room within the proposed facilities
at all times on an on-going basis.
Current staff from
5. In response to the concerns of the CCB Team, the proponent advises
We are agreeable to having Council take the bookings for the large and small meeting rooms and to enter into whatever broader community dialogue we need to in order to facilitate the access to these room bookings. Our agreement would be subject to Council waiving the full fee.
6. Section 94A plan seeks to collect a contribution from new developments towards provisions of new public facilities. The current Section 94A plan envisage collecting money for a range of public facilities, this includes community, culture and leisure, city development, environment, roads parking and existing flood mitigation and management system upgrades. Of the $20 million identified in the Section 94A plan, the community facilities account for only 1.9% of the total monies to be collected.
7. The current development which includes community facilities, office space and some retail space would fall within the category of the development for which the levy would be charged (ie other forms of development).
8. The Council has previously considered a request to waive the Section 94A contributions in relation to a school (DA 884/2008/B) and formally refused that application.
9. It is within Councils authority to consider the request to waive some or all of the contributions. Council does not have a particular policy position on this issue nor is the issue addressed explicitly within the Section 94A plan.
10. However, if Council considered that the proposed development would reduce its needs to provide certain community facilities then that would be justification for modifying or reducing some or all of the contributions. Council does not currently have a Section 96 application formally before it, however, a policy direction is sought from Council on this matter.
Manager Outcomes and Development
Attachment 1 - Letter request to Council to
waiver Section 94A Development Contribution
Item 7.2 - Attachment 1
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Monsignor Shora Maree
Maronite Parish Priest
Our Lady of
Harris Park NSW 2150
Ms Sue Weatherley
RE: REQUEST TO
COUNCIL TO WAIVER SECTION 94A DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTION (1% LEVY) ON THE NEW
COMMUNITY & YOUTH CENTRE
On behalf of
the Maronite Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Lebanon, Harris Park, which
services the members of our Maronite Community, and a great number of whom live
in the Parramatta Local Government Area, I write requesting Parramatta Council
to waive the Section 94A 1% Development Contribution Levy on the
As Council is
aware, construction of the new Centre on Church grounds has commenced and is scheduled for
completion by March 2011. The cost of construction of the Community Centre (a
4-level, 4000m2 Facility including a basement level for Parking) is
expected to reach $4,750,000.00. The
Councils waiving of the 1% Levy would greatly alleviate our prospective costs
and would be an acknowledgement by Council of the social value that the
Maronite Community brings to the
The Parish requests a waiving of the 1%
Development Contribution Levy for the following reasons:
to the facilities in the new Community & Youth Centre would be available to
the wider community groups which would relieve Council of of some pressure and
expense in constructing similar facilities to meet the apparent growing need
for community facilities in the area.
2. Build capacity to meet the growing demand from the Parish and local areas for help
from the Youth, Family and Adult Counselling Services and other Welfare
Services for all age groups being provided from our limited current
facilities. The Parish doors have always
been and need to continue to be open and welcoming to members of the wider
community who request help.
3. Enhance our existing
and prospective Government and Community partnerships in the provision of the
services to all members of the Parramatta Community. Services under
Projects include the Youth Worker, Anger Management, Drug and Alcohol and the
Friends of Friends Projects, the Youth Club Red and the Youth Night Patrols to
the poor and homeless and Natural Fertility Services. The Government Partners include: DOCS;
FAHCSIA; Western Sydney Area Health Service; The Community Partners include the
Red Cross (Rosehill); Roberts Charity for Suicide Prevention and the St.
Vincent De Paul Society,
4. Improve community connectedness by providing culturally specific support to our
Maronite community that ultimately benefits Parramatta Council through
community minded residents. This would relieve the burden of welfare for the
Maronite community who are in need of support and are residents of the
Parramatta Local Government Area. Of the
166,000 plus population of the Parramatta LGA, 25,000 are members of the
Maronite Parish of Harris Park.
As discussed in response to the availability
of our new facilities for external organisations I have attached (Attachment A)
below in a table the fee structure we anticipate will be applied. Please note that this proposed fee structure
is based on what we found applies to the Parramatta Council facilities on hire
as published on the website. We hope
that our facilities will be utilised by organisations within the Parramatta
Local Government Area who are unable to find appropriate facilities for their
I trust that our important request would be
considered favourably by Council. Should
further information be required please do not hesitate to contact me.
Rev Monsignor Shora Maree
The Extensive Community Centre Facilities available
from March 2011 are:
· A Large Multipurpose Room (188m2)
for meetings, conferences and workshops
· A Large Indoor Youth Recreation Room (530m2)
suitable for all age groups with table tennis, mini indoor sports and games.
· Two Medium Size Multipurpose Rooms (103m2each)
suitable for meetings, conferences and workshops.
· Four Small Multipurpose Rooms (55m2each)
· A Library and Study Room (52 m2),
for high school and youth study groups.
· A Chapel (44m2)
suitable for small prayer and reflection groups.
Other Current Facilities that would be available
· The large Parish Hall (seating capacity 400 with Stage and dance
· The Parish Salon (seating capacity 80)
totalling 11 Rooms of various sizes would be available on a regular basis
during school days and school hours mostly and all have disabled access to
areas and restrooms along with
tables and chairs.
Parramatta Council is welcome to notify local
communities of the facilities we currently have available. These facilities are
available by booking through the Parish Reception with a fee to cover running
and maintenance costs. The proposed hourly fee rates, listed below, and could
be adjustable depending on the particular needs of groups and intensity of
activities and numbers using the facilities.
Table of proposed fees
Commercial Charge rate per unit $
Community Charge rate per
Large Multi-purpose Room
Half Day (3 hrs)
Large Indoor Youth
Recreation Room Half Day
Medium size Multi-purpose
Rooms Half Day (3 hrs)
Small Multi-purpose Rooms
Library and Study Room
Parish Hall Half Day (3 hours)
Parish Hall After Hours
Parish Salon Half Day
Parish Salon After
Note: Rates are subject to annual reviews.
is the responsibility of the hirer of the facility.
bond (amount to be arranged) must be lodged prior to usage.
damage caused will be charged to the hirer.